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Graham Moomaw

Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]

Defeated GOP Del. Chris Peace’s father-in-law starts PAC to support write-in effort

By: - October 17, 2019

Disgruntled Republican voters in a suburban Richmond district have created at least two political action committees to drum up write-in votes for Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, who lost his party’s nomination earlier this year to Hanover County Supervisor Scott Wyatt. One of the PACs, My Vote Matters Va, lists John Hopkins, Peace’s father-in-law, as its […]

A Democratic takeover could make Virginia more marijuana-friendly. But legalization may still be years away.

By: - October 17, 2019

Ever since Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize marijuana in 2012, cannabis-skeptical Republicans have controlled at least one chamber of the Virginia General Assembly. In a few months, that could change. If Democrats win full control of the statehouse next month by gaining four seats, Virginia would enter unknown territory on marijuana […]

Virginia took a step toward redistricting reform. With power up for grabs, will lawmakers follow through?

By: - October 14, 2019

Virginia is closer to passing redistricting reform than ever. But anti-gerrymandering advocate Brian Cannon says both Democrats and Republicans are whispering that the idea is doomed if their opponents get power. “‘You know, if the other side takes over, your amendment’s done.’ They both kind of say that,” Cannon said, describing what he’s hearing in […]

In Virginia Senate debate, Sturtevant goes on the attack over Northam’s donation to Hashmi

By: - October 10, 2019

It took less than 10 minutes for Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface scandal to come up Wednesday night in a debate between Republican state Sen. Glen Sturtevant and Democrat Ghazala Hashmi. Sturtevant, one of the most imperiled Republicans in the Virginia Senate whose suburban Richmond seat is seen as a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats, repeatedly […]

Facing tough re-election fight, Va. House Speaker Kirk Cox takes to debate stage for first time in decades

By: - October 10, 2019

Facing his first competitive re-election campaign in decades, Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox found himself on unfamiliar terrain Wednesday night: a debate stage. At a candidate forum in Chesterfield County, Cox, R-Colonial Heights, faced off against Democratic challenger Sheila Bynum-Coleman, fielding questions on gun violence, climate change, the economy, LGBTQ rights and other […]